Elevation: 8,595 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published May 2020
This peak is southeast of Dollarhide Summit on the main crest of the Smoky Mountains. This summit has one of the best 360 degree views in all of Idaho. In addition to the the neighboring Smoky Mountains peaks the view includes, the Soldier Mountains, BoiseHiking the trailless east side ridge is for the most part across easy, open slopes. , Boulder Mountains, Pioneer Mountains and the eastern end of the Bennett Mountain Hills. The peak is accessible from by trail either from Dollarhide Summit or the Middle Fork Warm Springs Creek. The loop route set out below melt out earlier than the northern routes. USGS Dollarhide Mountain
FS-017, Willow Creek Road [(B)(1) Page 214]. This road is accessed from US-20 ten miles east of Fairfield, Idaho. Google Maps will provide directions if you search for Willow Creek, Camas County, Idaho. The Willow Creek Road is well maintained and suitable for 2WD vehicles when dry. There are a lot of blind corners in the last couple of miles. The road splits 5.9 miles past the Sawtooth National Forest boundary. At this point, take the left fork a short distance to a parking spot near where the West Fork Willow Creek Road is gated shut. Park here.
Willow Creek Ridges Loop, Class 2
This route can be hiked either clockwise or counterclockwise. This entry describes the route counterclockwise. Follow the deteriorating closed road up the West Fork Willow Creek to the point where it turns up the western side of the canyon. Leave the road and bushwhack up to the ridge top on the east side of the canyon. Once on the ridge top, follow the ridge over Peak 8100 to the summit in 4.3 miles. Some maps show trails along this route. I found no evidence of a maintained trail until meeting up with FST-199 just southeast of the summit.
To descend the ridge on the west side of the West Fork Willow Creek follow FST-084 south-southwest to Point 8035. This trail is occasionally maintained and easy to follow. From Point 8035, descend southeast over Point 7879 to the valley. This is a steep descent.